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Ask Slashdot: How Should Tech Conferences Embrace Diversity?

keepper Re:Just wow... (343 comments)

*should use a spell check before submitting lol...

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Should Tech Conferences Embrace Diversity?

keepper Just wow... (343 comments)

The blatant crypto racism is exhibited in most of these posts... Guess what, your reaction is what proves the racism, not your quasi logical statements explaining your reaction...

No one bother to read the opposing views, or the reason why this was brought it.. just an immediate.. " Those women and brownies always want to be included... reverse racism"

To quote a SPEAKER that realized this after the fact

So I started asking around. I thought of all the prominent non-white-dude Ruby conference speakers I could in the space of a couple minutes. Just people who came easily to mind, nobody too obscure. I wanted to know if they had been invited to be part of that initial group of 15, and had said no.

Sandi Metz. Bryan Liles. Reg Braithwaite. Angela Harms. Sarah Mei. Katrina Owen (Norway). Keavy McMinn (Scotland). None of these people were invited to be part of the initial line-up. In fact, I couldn’t find a single woman or minority Rubyist who had been invited to be part of that 15.

Oh.. that changes the picture... doesn't it?

This whole "the world isnt racist anymore so just get over it" is a bunch of BULLSHIT. It's been barely a generation in most areas.. heck, we have people in the south holding to grudges and behaviors 6-9 generations deep. But someone, racist behaviour is supposed to be completely expunged in one generation, and well, any mention of it just shows reverse racism... bleh.. most of the above posters disgust me.

about 2 years ago
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DARPA Seeks App Developers For War App Store

keepper Re:Programmer ethics (174 comments)

Oh nice.. another ( i'm hollier than though morality ) comment

Brought to you by(tm).... the internet... a DARPA/(Military industrial complex) sponsored project....
Made possible by (tm).. Xray litography... another child of a military sponsored project...

I can keep going. :)

go with your BS somewhere else..

more than 2 years ago
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The Real Job Threat

keepper Re:I think I've heard this before. . . (990 comments)

I couldn't agree more. The current economic system isn't ready for what will ( not would ) happen when the service and manufacturing industries are fully automated. ( which is my main gripe against free market types )

more than 3 years ago
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Rockstar Ships Max Payne 2 Cracked By Pirates

keepper Tell that to O.J. Simpon... (340 comments)

If you steal your own wallet back from a pickpocket, you're not going to jail.

Tell that to O.J. Simpson... he's in jail for trying to steal back his own stuff ;)

more than 4 years ago
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Ultrasound As a Male Contraceptive

keepper Three words.... (599 comments)

"uh... HELL NO!!!!"

You are not zapping my #@&$ with sperm death ray!

more than 4 years ago
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Review of HTC Desire As Alternative To iPhone

keepper The reality is... (544 comments)

The iphone still rules the "total experience dept". Even after trying two android phones, I came back running.

FP?

more than 4 years ago
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Why Firefox's Future Lies In Google's Hands

keepper So? (346 comments)

How does search technology have anything to do with browser wars? ( well, directly )

MS has its own browser
Google has its own browser
Yahoo doesn't

Those are the three big search engines, and they only choices to generate revenue like they do know, as a homepage destination.

more than 4 years ago
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Why Firefox's Future Lies In Google's Hands

keepper Yahoo is the only logical choice. (346 comments)

Out of their possible viable partners, Yahoo is the only one that is not a direct competitor.

Google, with its all gooey-dooey not do evil mantra, has become a bigger competitor, and likely a conflct of interest, to the Mozilla foundation. Kinda like they did to Apple..

more than 4 years ago
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Google Charges ETF For Nexus One On Top of Carrier's

keepper WOW, slashdot IS full of GOOG fanboys... (165 comments)

Come. The. Freak. On. !!

Why does google get to charge this? They get the kickback FROM the carrier, so have the carrier do the ETF.

Why does the carrier AND google, get to charge fees? Not even the iPhone, a phone that carries a higher retail value without a plan, do such a high termination fee.

It seems google can do no wrong on slashdot. It can have the cake, the party, eat the cake, and snuff the party goers, and all is well in slashdot-google-fanboy land.

Come on guys.

more than 4 years ago
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Are You a Blue-Collar Or White-Collar Developer?

keepper Oh god, CLASSIC!!! (836 comments)

So I wanted to find out more about this author....

Eric Spiegel is CEO and co-founder of XTS, which provides software for planning, managing and auditing Citrix and other virtualization platforms.

This web site at www.xtsinc.com has been reported as an attack site and has been blocked based on your security preferences.

CLASSIC, so much for "smarter white collared developers" ;)

But I digress...

Look, plain and simple, in the field of software development, education means NOTHING. Why you ask? because unlike true engineering, there are no globally studied curriculums. Now, you may argue about this all you want, but these are facts. CS programs vary so wildly, it's amazing.

Secondly, since most developers don't do any actually engineering, those core CS principles rarely come to play.

That being said, what matters is the individual. There are huge differences from people that went to a tech school 'cause it was cool, someone that went to a top tier school, someone that dropped out ( for any of the reasons ), someone that went to a mediocre schoo, and someone that skipped college and just wanted to speed up their career.

But usually, those differences boil down more so to "candidate pools", and who they "mostly attract".

The good developers, come from all walks. They are the people that go beyond the taught knowledge ( wherever this knowledge may have come from ), and actually understand things from a raw, as close to true engineering perspective as possible, view.

But what do i know, I'm one of those that went to a top tier ivy, EE btw, and then decided to leave on his third year because it was too boring.

about 5 years ago
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How Do You Manage Dev/Test/Production Environments?

keepper Re:Packaging Packaging Packaging... (244 comments)

Yeah, agreed. Most people get scared of the work, not realizing the savings in time later.

more than 5 years ago
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How Do You Manage Dev/Test/Production Environments?

keepper Re:Packaging Packaging Packaging... (244 comments)

Missed a part..

So you say its hard to package your software? Most scripting languages have modules that allow you to automatically build rpm or debs. Java and C are also trivial to general .spec or deb definition files. Its at most a few days worth of work for one person, and weeks of work in savings.

Automation is key!

more than 5 years ago
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How Do You Manage Dev/Test/Production Environments?

keepper Re:Packaging Packaging Packaging... (244 comments)

What's hard about building packages?

The thing you are not getting, is that with packages, and the infrastructure to support them, you only do the hard work ONCE. So you say its hard to package your software?

A good systems engineer or admin, knows that sometimes taking a little time more to setup things right in the first place, saves an invalable amount of time later.

And to your staff snide.. well, i've managed 300 os installs ( virtual and physical ), with only a developer as a release engineer and me as the admin. Yes, eventually we needed more admins, but it was because of the complexity of our environment, and SLA's, not because of the work of packaging + deployment.

more than 5 years ago
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How Do You Manage Dev/Test/Production Environments?

keepper Packaging Packaging Packaging... (244 comments)

Its amazing, how this seemingly obvious question, always gets weird and overly complex answers.

Think about how every unix os handles this. Packaging!

Without getting into a flame war about the merits of any packaging systems:

- Use your native distributions packaging system.
- Create a naming convention for pkgs ( ie, web-fronted-php-1.2.4, web-prod-configs-1.27 )
- Use meta-packages ( packages, whose only purpose is to list out what makes out a complete systems )
- Make the developers package their software, or write scripts for them to do so easily ( this is a lot easier than it seems )
- Put your packages in different repositories ( dev for dev servers, stg for staging systems,qa for qa systems , prod for production, etc et c
- Use other system management tools to deploy said packages ( either your native package manager, or puppet, cfgengine, func, sshcmd scripts, etc )

And the pluses? you always know absolutely whats running on your system. You can always reproduce and clone a systems.

It takes discipline, but this is how its done in large environments.

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more than 5 years ago
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De Icaza Responds To Stallman

keepper Stallman is an "impractical dilusionist".... (747 comments)

...and that's what has brought both his genius, and his impractical arrogance. He sees the world as a series of yes/no, black/white,1/0 events.

He doesn't compromise, he detests those who disagree with him. while he has brought the gnu license, emacs, and assorted gnu utilities..

- He never finished hurd.
- Constantly criticizes Linus as basically a heretic.
- Doesn't believe in the use of cell phones.
- Doesn't believe in personal hygiene.
- Thinks Bill gates is geniunely evil ( as a person, not the MS guy ), to the point of criticizing the charity work of his foundation.. in his view, who the fuck cares about aids research and feeding the poor, he didnt give us the source code ::sigh::
- Among may other things that would brand the common man an insane diagnosis.

He probably suffers from some form of Asberger, or at least has some other mental illness.

Which has again, brought us free software users many goods... but you have to always be awared of the bad.

Richard Stallman, right or wrong, makes as much sense as "my mom, drunk or sober" ( yes, i stole that remark :-P)

more than 5 years ago
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New York's Video-Game-Based Public School

keepper Re:Awesome (214 comments)

It's interesting to hear this, coming from someone that had a similar experience.

I've always wondered whether my self perceived lazyness was a product of my personality, or the fact that I had such an easy time in K-12.

( Then again, in what am interested in, i'm FAR from lazy... )

more than 5 years ago
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Linux Distributions' Tracking of Upstream Projects Examined

keepper No centos? (132 comments)

Centos is arguably the biggest used "upstream distro" out there... and it's not even listed!!
What gives?

Bah!

more than 5 years ago

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